Health Rules You Can Bend

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Eight glasses of water; five to seven servings of fruits and veggies; eight hours of sleep -- just keeping track of health recommendations can be exhausting, let alone following them.

Here are 12 health rules that it’s OK -- and sometimes even good -- to break.

1. Don't eat food that’s fallen on the floor.

Many bacteria will be found on that food, but most of them are not dangerous, notes Nina Shapiro, MD, director of pediatric otolaryngology at UCLA's Mattel Children's Hospital.

Still, if food sits on the floor for long enough, larger critters can dig in to it. If it's been there overnight, don’t eat it!

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WebMD Feature Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD on April 19, 2010

Sources

SOURCES:

 Nina Shapiro, MD, director of pediatric otolaryngology, Mattel Children's Hospital, UCLA.

Norman H. Edelman, MD, chief medical officer, American Lung Association; professor of medicine, Stony Brook University Medical Center.

Alice D. Domar, PhD, co-author, Live A Little!: Breaking the Rules Won’t Break Your Health; executive director, Domar Center for Mind/Body Health; director, Mind/Body Services at Boston IVF; assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology, Harvard Medical School; senior staff psychologist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Richard Stein, MD, national spokesman, American Heart Association; professor of medicine and cardiology, NYU School of Medicine.

Dennis Woo, MD, pediatrician and former chairman, pediatrics department, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital.

Arielle Kauvar, MD, founding director, New York Laser & Skin Care.

Stephen Ball, PhD, associate professor of exercise physiology, University of Missouri.

Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, professor and chairman of otolaryngology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center; chairman of otolaryngology, Long Island College Hospital; editor in chief, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery; chair, AAO-HNS Guideline Development Task Force.

Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, assistant director, UCLA Center for Human Nutrition.

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